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Subcon

Subcon has been playing the local rap game since the mid-'90s, and Antitoxin sounds like it. No question that he's well-intentioned on numbers such as "Hey Mom," dedicated to "all the single mothers out there," and "4Ever Mine," a sincere love song — and "Too Blessed to Be Stressed" is enjoyably reggae-centric. But most of the beats feel purely retro, as opposed to offering contemporary takes on old-school classicism, and the rhymes can seem oddly dated. Take "Three-O-Three," which has less than nothing in common with the Boulder duo of the same name: Rather than references to Helen Keller and Daisy Dukes, Subcon boasts about "back-to-back Super Bowl champs" and offers a "Mile High salute." Looking back on the past is fine — but not being stuck in it.

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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